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2014 Kansas Earth Team Volunteer Award Winners

Kansas Earth Team Volunteer program announces the fiscal year 2014 state and national award winners!

Outstanding Individual—Lody Black, Apprentice

Lody Black helping with an educational event

  • Clay Center Service Center
  • Over 265 hours donated
  • Assisted with conservation planning and implementation
  • Helped district with multiple educational events

Lody was also the recipient of the 2015 Individual National Earth Team Award.

Outstanding Group—Seward County Farm Education Day Group

Seward County Farm Education Day Group

  • Volunteers from 5 different agencies and organizations gave presentations in 9 stations, including 6 production animal stations
  • Over 1,100 Pre-K through 1st grade students attended
  • Exposed students to the benefits of agriculture

Outstanding District—Miami County

Miami County Conservation District Board

  • Conservation District Board members and individual volunteers contributed time to organize the Earth Festival for 5th graders
  • Earth Team volunteers helped Conservation District Board members in joint projects with partners

Outstanding Partnership—Parsons Earth Day Event

Parsons Earth Day Event

  • Kansas Farm Bureau County Boards in Labette, Neosho, Crawford, Wilson and Montgomery Counties and the conservation districts collectively put together a field day to emphasize the agricultural aspect of Earth Day for fourth graders

Outstanding Field Office—Smith Center Field Office

Smith Center Field Office food drive donations

  • Promoted and carried out the Feds Feed Families initiative with use of off-duty service center employee volunteers collecting over 1,364 pounds of food and other items needed for local food pantries and engaged other businesses in the community

Outstanding NRCS Employee—Gerald Gray

Gerald Gray talking to students at an educational event.

  • Strong advocate of Earth Team program promoting the use of volunteers as active members of the “Conservation Team”
  • Actively recruited and trained apprentice Lody Black
  • Motivates and inspires others to volunteer by offering his resources, encouragement, and example

Outstanding Volunteer Coordinator—Joyce Wade

Joyce Wade talking with students at a rainfall simulator

  • As the past Area 3 Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator, Joyce successfully administered the Earth Team program in 24 counties consisting of  19 field offices and 1 area office
  • Assisted the Erie High School in creating a nature trail and volunteers in her community “People’s Garden”
  • Increased volunteer usage in the area and recruited two apprentices from area schools

Joyce also received the National Award for Outstanding Volunteer Coordinator.

Outstanding District Manager—Stephanie Royer

Stephanie Royer

  • Organized and carried out a “Women on the Farm” project in Rush, Pawnee, and Barton County
  • Enhanced partnerships and utilized volunteers 
  • Instrumental in bringing the Soil Tunnel Trailer to Western Kansas